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Insider Tips at the Charleston Conference 2018

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What are your plans for Charleston this year? Need a bit of insight? It is a city with so much to offer, it’s hard to know where to start and seeing as we are local – let us show you around!

The history of Charleston is what makes it so special. From graveyard tours to the historic French Quarter, Charleston will surprise and impress you. For over a decade, this conference has provided the WT Cox team with an environment rich in experiences. From relational to educational, exploration to collaboration, it’s truly inspirational!

In fact, Charleston, SC is one of our favorite cities to visit. The fine dining, waterfront parks and good ole Southern hospitality make this the perfect backdrop for this iconic conference! Get your shrimp and grits, chicken and waffles, and of course abundant fresh fish and seafood straight from sea to table. It is just hard to choose, so take some tips from our team, who can help you know your way around the Hot Spots.

In addition to the fun, the Charleston Conference boasts content-rich sessions, engaging speakers and exciting evening events to attend! This year, join us on Tuesday, November 6th at 1 PM in Salon II, Gaillard Centre. You won’t want to miss this preconference session, Foundations of E-Resource Acquisitions. Maria Hatfield, our VP of Integrated Solutions, will share her professional insight and extensive experience of e-resource acquisitions – relating to concepts and workflows, an overview of supporting tools, and solutions to common problems.

Also on Tuesday, you will find the WT Cox Team at Table #80 during the Vendor Showcase. This is a great opportunity to meet your reps, chat and perhaps make plans to meet for a drink. Proof is where you will find us just about every night. The hand-crafted cocktails that are NOT to be missed…

We hope you get the opportunity to experience all that the Charleston Conference has to offer and we look forward to seeing you there.

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The ALA Midwinter Blues

Who could blame those who missed the conference OR had to leave early?

Who could blame those who missed the conference OR had to leave early?

Our staff are still thawing out after a chilly week at ALA Midwinter in Chicago where they were treated to one of the biggest snowstorms in the history of the city!  We noticed that attendance at the conference was lighter- could it be that cancelled flights and bad weather kept some of our library friends away?  Perhaps…and we can’t say we blame you…however, we would like to give a BIG KUDOS to those hearty souls we did see – library friends, both old and new, who braved the snow and wind to do some important work and visit with colleagues and vendors alike.

During the meetings, Newbery Award Medals were given out to The Crossover by Kwame Alexander, Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Goodson and El Deafo, a graphic novel memoir written and illustrated by Cece Bell.  Our friends in schools and public libraries who work with tweens and teens, take note!

This picture reminds us of the Caldecott Medal winning classic, The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats.

This picture reminds us of the Caldecott Medal winning classic, The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats.

Other important work announced at Midwinter included the NISO meeting where attendees were treated to a presentation on access and licensing standards, so important as many of us move to Nextgen library systems.  Thank goodness those hardy souls didn’t let the wind and snow get to them…

All in all, our attendees thought it was a great conference. If you did not get a chance to attend, we urge you to go to connect.ala.org to look up highlights on some of the more informative lightning talks and presentations given by those brave souls who stuck it out through the epic weather!

We look forward to seeing you at ACRL in Portland next month. One question, should we bring our rain boots?

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